OREANDA-NEWS. The Russian Ministry of Health is in consultation with the European Union on the mutual recognition of COVID-19 vaccination certificates. Russian Minister of Health Mikhail Murashko told Interfax about it.

According to him, negotiations are underway both with individual countries and with the European Union as a whole. They are of a technical nature, they are led by the Ministry of Health.

Murashko added that it is too early to talk about any final agreements.

Earlier, RDIF said that the use of Sputnik Light and the drug company AstraZeneca showed no serious adverse reactions and cases of illness after vaccination.

The combined use of the Russian Sputnik Light vaccine and the AstraZeneca drug showed no serious adverse reactions and cases of illness after vaccination - these are preliminary data from a clinical study that is being conducted in Azerbaijan. At the moment, 50 people have taken part in it. The first data on the safety of this combination of vaccines and the ability to induce an immune response in the body is planned to be published in August, according to the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF).

The head of the company, Kirill Dmitriev, told RIA Novosti that he considers it important to conduct such joint research to combine vaccines from different manufacturers to more effectively combat new strains of COVID-19.

"RDIF was the first in the world to initiate partnerships with other manufacturers of vaccines against coronavirus," he said.